The group's new record, entitled A Church That Fits Our Needs, is a work of vaulting ambition built on loss and transformation. In the summer of 2009 writer, composer, and general architect of the group, Ari Picker, lost his mother, an artist, when she took her own life. Picker set about transforming the event into a musical tribute.
While this might sound like a somber affair, A Church That Fits Our Needs is anything but. Picker, a classically trained composer, utilizes rhythm as its own emotional language, never losing the propulsive inevitability and vitality of great rock and roll. Above all this is pop music, in the way that "A Day In the Life" or Radiohead's "No Surprises" are pop music, seeking to present complex ideas to the widest possible audience.
Lost in the Trees will kick off their touring with a special performance at the invitation of Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum at All Tomorrow's Parties UK and then head across North America via an several performances at SXSW. The response to the group's previous record, All Alone In An Empty House, and recent live performances has been one of immense praise:
Critical Acclaim For Lost In The Trees:
"The band has a stage presence that is absolutely mesmerizing while boasting a catalog of songs that are both heart wrenching and beautiful." - Paste Magazine
"The band's rich, fully realized arrangements elevate Picker's heartfelt songwriting to memorable heights." - Washington Post
"A labor of love, for sure, and we're its beneficiaries." - NPR
"The band unplugged their instruments, hopped off the stage, and played a stirring rendition of "Time Taunts Me." From his spot in the middle of the floor, Ari lead the crowd in a beautiful sing-a-long with the ardor of a street corner evangelist desperate to save souls. I, for one, left the room a convert." - Brooklyn Vegan
Lost In The Trees Tour Dates:
2012-03-09/10/11 All Tomorrow's Parties UK , Butlins Holiday Centre, Minehead, UK 2012-03-12 The Lexington, London UK 2012-03-16 Antone's (SXSW) Austin, TX 2012-03-20 The Loft San Diego CA 2012-03-22 The Echo Los Angeles CA 2012-03-23 Bottom of the Hill Oakland CA 2012-03-24 Arcata Playhouse Arcata CA 2012-03-25 Doug Fir Lounge Portland OR 2012-03-27 Tractor Tavern Seattle WA 2012-03-28 Neurolux Boise ID 2012-03-29 The State Room Salt Lake City UT 2012-03-30 Hi Dive Denver CO 2012-03-31 Slowdown Omaha NE 2012-04-02 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis MN 2012-04-03 Schubas Tavern Chicago IL 2012-04-04 Space Evanston IL 2012-04-05 Wexner Center Columbus OH 2012-04-06 The Drake Toronto ON 2012-04-07 Il Motore Montreal QC 2012-04-09 Burlington City Arts Center Burlington VT 2012-04-10 Space Gallery Portland ME 2012-04-11 Le Poisson Rouge New York NY 2012-04-13 Museum of Fine Arts Boston MA 2012-04-14 Black Cat Washington DC 2012-04-15 Black Cat Washington DC